When is receiving more important than giving?

IMG_0475It’s necessary to provide feedback to everyone on your team.  This team includes; your manager, colleagues on your level and direct reports. This feedback can be good or bad, but it’s a non-negotiable activity for high performing teams.  By creating the proper environment, the hope is, someone will give you feedback as well.  Being a leader means you must hear this feedback and apply it, if necessary.  Continue reading for thoughts on creating an environment where true feedback is received.

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How to stop worrying, like a boss.

IMG_0382.PNGThis isn’t one of those bible verses that are hard to understand or easily taken out of context.

Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

It’s the old classic, “don’t worry” verse.  But, there’s more to it.  As a boss in the middle of this crazy world, it’s essential that you understand this truth.

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What’s better than being the best?

IMG_0518I just watched a series on HBO called “The Defiant Ones”.  I didn’t know what I was getting myself into.  I just thought it was a story about Dr. Dre and NWA’s rise to superstardom.  I can’t say I was a huge fan of the music, but I do like a good success story.  As always, I’m steadily looking for leadership lessons in everything and this documentary provided me with an unexpected epiphany.  And it didn’t have anything to do with Dr. Dre or NWA.

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Before you give up, try this…

DD79AA6C-DF76-4DAA-BA26-2DB794215570You’ve all been there… At the end of your rope with no hope.  Delaying what you feel is inevitable, with futile attempts to stay relevant to your goal.  As you hang in the balance and your mind shifts towards giving up, to save yourself the embarrassment of failure, there’s one more thing you should try…

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You can’t win by accident.

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Being a winner is such an “on purpose” thing. It’s a habit and a mindset. Winning takes practice, persistence, faith and focus. It’s not going to happen by accident. There are many people out here working very hard to ensure you don’t have accidental success.

That’s why things worth having are hard to attain. You don’t accidentally come in first place. People don’t accidentally complete the project. Teams don’t accidentally win championships. These things take concentrated effort and sacrifice.

As a boss in the middle, you have to remember that no one is going to give you anything. You need to go hard. You need to go wisely.

You can only trust God 100%, so keep Him first!

God will help you move mountains, but you need to bring a shovel.

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Christians pray and ask God for help with problems. Some people think that means sitting back and doing nothing, waiting for God to magically work it all out. That sort of faith will get you nowhere. The Bible clearly teaches in James 2:17 that faith without works is dead.

There is no big secret. There is no magic pill. Things in this life worth having require counsel with the Most High, dedication and hard work. That’s it.

Sometimes, we are our biggest opponent to completing the mission. We are blinded by temporary obstacles, unable to see the potential within ourselves. Having faith means that we tie a knot and hold on at the end of our rope. This mindset becomes habitual and success, inevitable.

Getting started isn’t enough. As I recently heard Kai Greene put it, one must string together consecutive days of efficient action on a basic level, in order to achieve desired results. This implies the need for consistent action steps toward your goals, everyday. Personal accountability and follow through are vital.

No matter how big the obstacle, you can surpass it. By the Lord’s grace and mercy, you are a creature made with a spirit of power and not one of fear (2 Timothy 1:7). You just need to talk to God, find your purpose within your spiritual gift and be ready to work.

No weapon formed against you will prosper. (Isaiah 54:17)

Get your shovel ready, God’s waiting.